Pot Industry Revitalizes Entire Canadian Town’s Economy

The marijuana industry is coming to the rescue of Smith Falls, Ontario, an old factory town that is experiencing an unlikely renaissance now that Canopy Growth Corp., Canada’s largest publicly-traded cannabis producer, has become the town’s largest private-sector employer.
This summer, Canada will become the second country after Uruguay to legalize marijuana at the federal level, which has driven a boom in the local cannabis industry, according to Bloomberg.
Smiths Falls, Ontario – population 8,885 – is seeing a revival of fortunes since medical marijuana producer Tweed Inc. set up shop four years ago in an abandoned Hershey Co. chocolate factory. The company, since renamed Canopy Growth Corp., has become the world’s largest publicly traded cannabis producer and is the town’s largest private-sector employer.
For Smith Falls, Canopy’s arrival heralded a boom in younger people moving to the town, located about 75 kilometers (47 miles) southwest of Ottawa. There are sometimes bidding wars on homes. New businesses are arriving. And commercial property is seeing renewed interest. Canopy, formerly known as Tweed Inc., took over an old Hershey factory to build a giant growing operation for medical marijuana. How’s that for symbolism?
We’re recognized as the pot capital of Canada – and we’re proud of that, Mayor Shawn Pankow said in an interview from the town hall, a two-story brick building erected in 1859 on the main street. The local economy is certainly far better today than it was before Tweed came to town.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sat, 12/30/2017 –.

Canada puts U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers above the law

A Canadian law which received final approval last week, Bill C-23, gives officers of U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) staffing ‘preclearance’ facilities within Canada police powers to detain, interrogate, and search travelers, while granting these agents of the U. S. government absolute and unconditional immunity from any civil lawsuit or liability under Canadian law, and immunity from criminal liability except in limited cases of death, injury, or property damage.
This immunity from civil lawsuits or liability in Canada extends to violations by US CBP officers at preclearance sites of fundamental rights, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, that are protected by law everywhere else in Canada,. Bill C-23 places CBP officers above Canadian law, as though they were diplomats enjoying immunity from local law inside extraterritorial enclaves, while giving them police-like powers to use force against ordinary people seeking to travel between the US and Canada.

This post was published at Papers Please on DEC 18 2017.

“Miss Germany” Mistress Sues Married Hedge-Funder: “Promised An Ostrich Farm, Gave Me An STD”

A 31-year-old former beauty queen is suing her married ex-beau, claiming the hedge fund manager gave her an STD and renegged on promises to leave his wife and buy his much-younger mistress a Ugandan ostrich farm.
It’s hardly a surprise that a messy high-profile divorce with this many lewd details has garnered extensive coverage from the world’s tabloids, including the New York Post and the Daily Mail.
The plaintiff, former Miss Germany International Aline Marie Massel, 31, revealed the alleged seamy details of her two-year illicit relationship with Autonomy Capital CEO Robert Charles Gibbins in new court documents.
According to her lawsuit, Massel first met Gibbins at Le Bilboquet French bistro in New York City back in June 2014.
During their first encounter, she claims that Gibbins, 47, told her that he was unmarried and wooed her with promises to buy her the farm mentioned above.
‘He promised to buy a large estate for them in Canada called the Royal Antler… and an ostrich farm in Uganda,’ according to court papers.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 18, 2017.

INDONESIA: Capitalism has Reduced Cities to Dehumanized, Polluted Environments for Ordinary People

Andre Vltchek
21st Century Wire
Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta’s posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he ‘had something urgent to tell me’, after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.
What he had to say was actually straight to the point and definitely worth sitting two hours in an epic traffic jam:
‘No one will be allowed to build comprehensive public transportation in Jakarta or in any other Indonesian city. If a mayor or a governor tries and defies the wishes of the ruthless business community which is in fact controlling most of the Indonesian government, he or she will be dethroned, or even totally destroyed.’

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on DECEMBER 17, 2017.

Avoiding Nuclear War Is Our First Priority

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Michel Chossudovsky, a distinguished professor in Canada, directs the Centre for Research on Globalization and the website Global Research, a font of important information unavailable from the presstitute Western media. In this article he tells us that if we do not focus on peace instead of war, we are all going to die: Professor Chossudovsky makes an important point, made to me some years ago by my colleague Zbigniew Brzezinski and recently by former Secretary of Defense William Perry (see:). Professor Chossudovsky reminds us to ‘bear in mind that mistakes are often what determine the course of world history.’ A US attack on North Korea would be a mistake that could precipitate a nuclear war.
There is no doubt that Chossudovsky is correct.
Additionally, the continued demonization of Russia, China, and Iran could precipitate a nuclear war. In other words, we are surrounded by very real threats created by Washington that receive no attention from Western governments and the presstitute media. As I wrote on December 5, we are ‘walking into Armageddon.’ Professor Chossudovsky has amassed a huge amount of information that makes clear the vast difference between the level-headed era of JFK/Khrushchev and the insanity of the post-Reagan era of the re-start of hostilities for the sake of the power and profit of the US military/security complex and the neoconservatives’ ideology of US world hegemony.

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on December 8, 2017.

Canada Kills Plan To Buy Boeing Super Hornet Jets Amid Growing Trade Feud

The growing trade feud between the US and Canada escalated overnight when Ottawa announced it was scrapping a plan to buy 18 F-18 Boeing Super Hornet fighter jets amid a deepening dispute with the U. S. aerospace company, Reuters reported. In a snub to the US, Canada’s Liberal government will instead announce that intends to acquire a used fleet of older Australia F-18 jets, the same kind of plane Canada currently operates.
The unexpected decision demonstrates Ottawa’s anger at a recent decision by Boeing to launch a trade challenge against Canadian planemaker Bombardier which Beoing accuses of dumping airliners on the American market. It also puts into question the future of Boeing’s military sales in Canada, which however is a two-edged sword: Boeing says its commercial and defense operations in Canada support more than 17,000 Canadian jobs.
The trade spat comes as Canada and Mexico are locked into increasingly acrimonious negotiations with the United States over the NAFTA trade pact.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 6, 2017.

GOOGLE’S ERIC SCHMIDT SAYS AMERICANS TOO DUMB TO DETECT FAKE NEWS, PLANS TO ‘DERANK’ RUSSIAN NEWS

Eric Schmidt has made news with his latest announcement that Google is working on ways to ‘derank’ Russian media in the search engine’s results.
At this weekend’s Halifax International Security Forum in Canada, Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google and current executive Chairman of Alphabet Inc., discussed Google’s efforts to deal with the apparent rise of fake news. Specifically, Schmidt was talking about how the search engine giant might limit the spread of ‘Russian Propaganda.’ Mr. Schmidt said Google might ‘derank’ fake news stories, going as far as mentioning Russian news stations Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik.
‘We are working on detecting and deranking those kinds of sites – it’s basically RT and Sputnik,’ Schmidt said. ‘We are well of aware of it, and we are trying to engineer the systems to prevent that [the content being delivered to wide audiences]. But we don’t want to ban the sites – that’s not how we operate.’
Schmidt said Google was not in favor of censorship, but would rather focus on ranking. ‘I am very strongly in favor of ranking. It’s what we do,’ he stated. ‘It’s a very legitimate question as to how we rank, A or B, right? And we do the best we can in millions and millions of rankings every day.’

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on NOVEMBER 22, 2017.

Journalist Sara Carter Slams DOJ Attempt To Discredit FBI Informant And Stonewall Uranium One Investigation

Several weeks ago a bombshell report by John Solomon and Alison Spann of The Hill revealed that an undercover FBI informant embedded deep within the Russian nuclear industry had uncovered evidence as early as the fall of 2009 of a massive plot by Russia to corner the American Uranium market. Evidence of the scheme was in the hands of the FBI an entire year before the Obama administration approved the sale of Uranium One to Russia’s state-owned Energy giant, Rosatom – which has since been exporting ‘yellowcake’ uranium to Canada, Europe and elsewhere via a Kentuky trucking firm.
Based on what the FBI knew – including evidence which purportedly includes a video of Russians preparing briefcases of bribe money – the deal never should have gone through. Moreover, both Robert Mueller and current deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein were directly involved – and current Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other Justice Department officials appear to be covering for them.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 21, 2017.

“We’re Not Stupid” – Top US Nuclear Commander Would Disobey “Illegal” Trump Orders

A few short months after Admiral Scott Swift, Commander of the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet, said he would obey a hypothetical order to launch a nuclear strike against China if the president chose to give it, Air Force Gen. John Hyten – America’s top nuclear commander – said Saturday he would push back against President Trump if the president ordered a nuclear launch the general believed to be “illegal.”
When an audience member asked Hyten, who was speaking at a national security conference in Halifax Canada, about the hypothetical scenario, he responded by assuring his interlocutor that military commanders ‘aren’t stupid.’
Here’s CBS:
Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of the U. S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), told an audience at the Halifax International Security Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Saturday that he has given a lot of thought to what he would say if Mr. Trump ordered a strike he considered unlawful.
“I think some people think we’re stupid,” Hyten said in response to a question about such a scenario. “We’re not stupid people. We think about these things a lot. When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it?”
Hyten explained the process that would follow such a command. As head of STRATCOM, Hyten is responsible for overseeing the U. S. nuclear arsenal.
“I provide advice to the president, he will tell me what to do,” Hyten added. “And if it’s illegal, guess what’s going to happen? I’m going to say, ‘Mr. President, that’s illegal.’ And guess what he’s going to do? He’s going to say, ‘What would be legal?’ And we’ll come up with options, with a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and that’s the way it works. It’s not that complicated.”
Hyten said he has been trained every year for decades in the law of armed conflict, which takes into account specific factors to determine legality – necessity, distinction, proportionality, unnecessary suffering and more. Running through scenarios of how to react in the event of an illegal order is standard practice, he said.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 18, 2017.

AI Researcher Warns Skynet Killer-Robots “Easier To Achieve Than Self-Driving Cars”

A group of the world’s leading AI researchers and humanitarian organizations are warning about lethal autonomous weapons systems, or killer robots, that select and kill targets without human control.
The group alleges killer robots now exist and the bulk of these technological developments are military funded in UK, China, Israel, Russia, and the United States. Although, fully autonomous weapons systems have not yet been deployed on the battlefield, the action by the group to ban lethal autonomous weapons is a preemptive ban before the technology falls into the wrong hands. The group calls on the citizens of the world to contact their representatives and for countries to work together to form international treaties, before it’s too late.
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Member List of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots:
Human Rights Watch Article 36 International Committee for Robot Arms Control PAX Association for Aid and Relief Japan: Mines Action Canada Nobel Women’s Initiative Pugwash Conferences on Science & World Affairs Seguridad Humana en Amrica Latina y el Caribe (SEHLAC) Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Future of Life Institute released a video yesterday titled: Slaughterbots.
The video portrays not to far in the distant future of a military firm unveiling a drone with shaped explosives that can target and kill humans on its own. Further in, the video abruptly changes pace, when bad guys get ahold of the technology and unleash swarms of killer robots onto the streets of Washington, D. C. and various academic institutions.
The video is aggressive and graphic but outlines if the technology was misused it could have severe consequences – such as civilian mass causality events.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 15, 2017.

Be Careful What You Sniff In Canada

The number of positive tests for fentanyl in samples of heroin seized by law enforcement agencies across Canada have exploded. Health Canada’s Drug Analysis Service (DAS) revealed to CBC News that in 2012 .08% of 2,337 heroin samples tested positive for fentanyl. Fast forward to today and that number stands at 60.1% of 3,337 heroin samples, an astronomical jump visualized below.
Seems as China has turned on the fentanyl spigot in 2016 and 2017…

A new crisis is developing in Canada and it’s not the housing bubble.
A far more sinister one, that is taking the country by storm, as a new wave of fentanyl has washed up on the shores of Canada from an unknown origin most likely China, and has made it onto city streets.
To our friends in the business district of Toronto, be – careful what you sniff – it might contain fentanyl.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 10, 2017.

Are You Still Here?

The last few weeks of disgusting exposs from various so-called celebrities have proven one thing for sure – you cannot trust a single one of them… But then we knew that a year ago when half the liberal media world declared they would leave if Donald Trump was elected President… They didn’t!
As a reminder, Canada’s immigration website crashed from heavy traffic as it looked increasingly likely that Trump would win.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 10, 2017.

Mission Creep In Darkest Africa

The British Empire, which at the end of the 19th century ruled one quarter of the earth’s land surface, is long gone. But its robust successor and heir, the United States, has set about enlarging it.
As I sought to explain in my last book ‘American Raj – How the US Rules the Muslim World,’ the US imperium exerts its power by controlling tame, compliant regimes around the world and their economies. They are called ‘allies’ but, in fact, should be more accurately termed satrapies or vassal states. Many states are happy to be prosperous US vassals, others less so.
The US power system has successfully dominated much of the world, except of course for great powers China, Russia and India. Germany and much of Western Europe remains in thrall to post WWII US power. The same applies to Canada, Latin America, Australia, and parts of SE Asia.
There is one part of the globe that has remained free from heavy US influence since 1945, sub-Saharan Africa. But this fact is clearly changing as the US military expands its operations the width and breadth of the Dark Continent.
We are seeing a rerun of the fine old 1930’s film, ‘Beau Geste’ which was taken from a cracking good 1924 Victorian novel by C. Percival Wren. Set in French North Africa, Wren’s dashing French Legionnaires end up defending a remote fort against masses of hostile Arab and Berber tribesman.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 9, 2017.

Sorry, Paris: SEC Warns Celebrity Endorsements Of ICOs Could Be Illegal

The SEC’s crackdown on ICOs has finally brought it to Hollywood.
The agency – which in a ruling issued over the summer legally qualified ICOs as securities – said today that celebrities who endorse token sales might be violating so-called ‘anti-touting’ laws if they don’t state what compensation they received, if any.
As we’ve pointed out numerous times, celebrity endorsements of ICOs have become something of a punchline in recent months as Floyd Mayweather, Paris Hilton, Jamie Foxx, Dennis Rodman and many, many others have embraced the trend.
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In some cases, the celebrities apparently experienced a twinge of regret and deleted their endorsements from their social media platforms, like Hilton did with Lydian Coin – a company that has few to recommend it aside from an indecipherable White Paper and a CEO who pled guilty to beating his girlfriend.
More broadly, regulators from Canada to China to Singapore are cracking down on ICOs to try and protect gullible investors. Most have taken a similar approach to the SEC by declaring the tokens to be securities subject to securities laws and regulations that generally prohibit outright fraud.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 2, 2017.